My guess regarding the STE booster would be, that a lot more people would want one, but lack the capability to install it. So if you are indeed working on a pluggable solution this might be a very smart move. This version will of course be more expensive since you would be aiming at less skilled customers, and therefore had to sell complete boards. And if someone doesn't mind doing some soldering, you could always sell a kit for a buck less.
The current STE booster is already a kit, though again time wise, building up a complete plug in board is very time consuming. So the price will be of course higher.
IngoQ wrote:And as I already wrote: You cannot make everyone happy, so don't try to. You made this smart move with the poll for the boosters for example. Now you know that there are certain preferences and can concentrate more on these, if you choose to do so.
Everyone wants everything, that is what it boils down to. What people don't get is, while things may look quick and simple, which they might well be, There can be 100 of such projects, and 100 simple projects is basically a year worth of time if not more.
Take the simm I designed , Think It took a hour to route it, but I spent probably best part of a week looking for DRAMS. Now I am chasing the SMT stencils, looking for best supplier of the DRAMs, then I have to solder them all, of course pasting and placing parts, then testing each one.. so that simple "1 hour project" turns into about 2+ months of work.
Not only that, but if I have a machine in for repair, I do that as a priority, so that "1 hour project" gets pushed back another week.. and well you get the idea.. this is why the Falcon PSU's have taken several months to even get near completion.
IngoQ wrote:And I strongly believe, no one here will think less of you if you work on one project at a time in a pace of your choosing. People will make requests but "no, not now" is perfectly valid answer. And we all know, that there is a live outside as well. You know, the guy who built the C64 Ultimate Module (great piece of hardware by the way!) worked and worked and worked.... and forgot his family. Thankfully he realized his mistake and with his family's support he continued his project at a slower pace. Yes of course the scene had to wait longer for their modules... and of course some complained. But the majority understood and helped by paying in advance for example.
Family is important as well. I spend weekends with my girlfriend, I do potter online over the weekend, but thats "family time". There is more to life than just "work". If I had weekends to work on projects, I could be banging out a new kit every week.. But thats not how I roll.
So my message is: We are grateful for anyone contributing anything. And we would very much like you to stick around much, much longer. And if this means, we don't always get what we want when we want it, this is merely a valuable lesson in life. Don't burn yourself out and don't mind too much about other peoples opinions. We are grown-ups and can handle a No. Or at least you will not see when we cry in our pillows
I dont plan on vanishing, but people should be aware ive been doing PCB's & soldering for like 25 years now. Its got to the point where I just dont find designing huge complex PCB's (which can take 100's of hours) enjoyable any more. Its why I mostly have been only working on smaller projects lately.
IngoQ wrote:And regarding the financial side: Yes, I made this pledge about Atarians beeing more "frugal", but this does not mean you aren't allowed to get something out of it. The Amiga ACA500plus (icomp) sells at 130 EUR and clocking at 14 to 42 MHz. That's a lot room to your current STE Boosters price....
I do have a lot of plans/ideas/requests for kits, but realistically, a lot of what I want to do, just isn't going to get done. Really I want to finish the ultimate 68000 booster and produce it at a low cost. Currently, profits from sales get invested in improvements, so overall, the prices for the kits can never decrease. If I produced the "ultimate final booster" and no improvements were planned, then the price would eventually fall on that kit, depending on sales that is.
Prices for stuff, ages old debate there I guess. I spent over £10,000 this past year in just parts for various projects, this means the total profits from my store have to equal £10,000 just to break even. I barely manage to balance it out each year.
OTOH, when people see "just a chip on a PCB" for £65+.. Well these prices have been worked out very carefully to be my break even cost for them. Problem is, I have done some things like the MEGA ST ROM board which never sell, so I "lost" a lot of cash on that project. There are others projects as well which never sold. So all these "losses" will have to be lumped into other items "costs". Again its one reason I am trying to work on smaller/cheaper products at the moment to recover some costs for piles of stuff which never sold.
Overall, money while a issue, its mostly time which is is short supply. At the end of the day, I am only 1 person